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Re: Voluntary discomfort - please share your experiences!
« Reply #50 on: July 11, 2016, 08:20:36 AM »
In the winter, I'll walk home in -30 during a blizzard, 3-foot snowdrifts, with a huge backpack of groceries.  It's like being on the planet Hoth, fucking insanely difficult, and I'll rage out loud right back at the storm, "C'mon!  You can do worse than that, you big sissy!!"  It feels so amazing to finally get home--like I've really walked the gauntlet and the reward is being warm, exhausted, and still alive.  Coworkers think I'm completely nuts for doing this, but I love it.  ...And they all pay for gym memberships. 

Hmmm.... Come to think of it, I do the same thing in the summer during a heatwave.  Get home completely drenched with sweat and jump in a cool shower ASAP.
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Re: Voluntary discomfort - please share your experiences!
« Reply #51 on: July 13, 2016, 12:20:05 PM »
I've been turning my smart phone off for several hours at a time. Today, I took a lunch break from work without even turning it on. It started when I was having trouble charging it, but I've continued even since getting the charging port cleaned out.

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« Reply #52 on: July 13, 2016, 12:59:58 PM »
I donate platelets. Huge needle in the vein takes out blood, runs it through a machine to remove the plasma and platelets, combines what's left with saline and pumps it back into the arm via the same needle. The saline is cold, and thus I am freezing (fingernails turn purple even). The anticoagulant in the saline makes my face numb and my mouth taste awful. I have to squeeze a ball the whole time (~3 hours) while keeping the rest of my body perfectly still because I can't do anything to risk moving the needle. I find it extremely difficult to hold still under normal circumstances. That hand goes numb as well around the 90 minute mark. And no aspirin or NSAIDs 36 hours beforehand, so no relief for any headaches or anything that pops up during that period. But I get Oreos and apple juice after, so there's that.

I recently signed up for the bone marrow registry. I'm sure if I ever get called up for donation, the platelet apheresis will seem like a walk in the park by comparison.

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Re: Voluntary discomfort - please share your experiences!
« Reply #53 on: July 13, 2016, 04:44:29 PM »
I've been turning my smart phone off for several hours at a time. Today, I took a lunch break from work without even turning it on. It started when I was having trouble charging it, but I've continued even since getting the charging port cleaned out.
Awesome. We've been putting ours on our mantle during the day at home. I like the shutting it off idea!
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Re: Voluntary discomfort - please share your experiences!
« Reply #54 on: July 13, 2016, 05:10:53 PM »
Very much enjoying this thread as I lie in my hammock by the pool, under the palm trees. Carry on!

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Re: Voluntary discomfort - please share your experiences!
« Reply #55 on: July 13, 2016, 05:14:49 PM »
Very much enjoying this thread as I lie in my hammock by the pool, under the palm trees. Carry on!
Here's mine for the day. Slogging away at work, 3500 miles across a sea from home, while pbkmaine chills in a hammock under a palm tree.

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Re: Voluntary discomfort - please share your experiences!
« Reply #56 on: July 13, 2016, 05:36:22 PM »
Although "chill" is perhaps not the right word for July in Florida

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Re: Voluntary discomfort - please share your experiences!
« Reply #57 on: July 13, 2016, 05:39:58 PM »
I just wanted to remind us all how damn fortunate we are to be able to chose our discomforts. That is an incredible luxury that most of the world does not get to enjoy. I am infinitely grateful for the option.

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Re: Voluntary discomfort - please share your experiences!
« Reply #58 on: July 30, 2016, 06:34:15 PM »
I just wanted to remind us all how damn fortunate we are to be able to chose our discomforts. That is an incredible luxury that most of the world does not get to enjoy. I am infinitely grateful for the option.
Hear, hear! 

Just got the ok from doc to resume normal activity after getting my gallbladder removed.   I rode my bike to band practice (3 miles round-trip).  It's warm and humid outside, but fine as long as you remember to keep drinking.  The voluntary discomfort made sitting for 2 hours in the air-conditioned practice room feel luxurious indeed!

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Re: Voluntary discomfort - please share your experiences!
« Reply #59 on: September 24, 2016, 09:46:19 PM »
Two mild discomforts to share:
  • While travelling on business, I make a point not to just hop in a taxi with the company credit card.  Sure, if I have to get to a meeting straight from the airport I'll make the right choice for the company.  But if it's my time I'll walk or take public transportation.  I don't save any money, because I can either claim a taxi receipt or a bus receipt with no extra to my pocket, so this is voluntary inconvenience with no financial reward.  It actually makes me enjoy the trip a lot more because they're things I would do when travelling for pleasure.  I've walked 2-3 miles back to my hotel at the end of the day on several occasions, and it can be a great way to see a new city.
  • My current job is only about a 10 min walk from the office, and 5pm rain storms are common.  During a downpour I'll walk straight past all the people huddling under the awning waiting for it to let up and walk into the rain at a normal pace.  Bonus points if I remember to keep my head up and have a joyous smile on my face as I get soaked.  Then when I get home can just put on dry clothes no problem.

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« Reply #60 on: October 09, 2016, 02:29:51 PM »
I donate platelets. Huge needle in the vein takes out blood, runs it through a machine to remove the plasma and platelets, combines what's left with saline and pumps it back into the arm via the same needle. The saline is cold, and thus I am freezing (fingernails turn purple even). The anticoagulant in the saline makes my face numb and my mouth taste awful. I have to squeeze a ball the whole time (~3 hours) while keeping the rest of my body perfectly still because I can't do anything to risk moving the needle. I find it extremely difficult to hold still under normal circumstances. That hand goes numb as well around the 90 minute mark. And no aspirin or NSAIDs 36 hours beforehand, so no relief for any headaches or anything that pops up during that period. But I get Oreos and apple juice after, so there's that.

I recently signed up for the bone marrow registry. I'm sure if I ever get called up for donation, the platelet apheresis will seem like a walk in the park by comparison.

This is so great. I have been mulling over donating blood for such a long time now. I was underweight for ages, and had vitamin issues and some other minor health stuff until recently. Now I'm actually healthy and I'm basically just a scaredy cat. I justify not doing it because I honestly am a fainter - I come over all funny every time I have to have a blood test and I sometimes think that I should just fucking do it and donate blood and get over it. I'm not afraid of needles per se, my body just likes having blood in it. But I feel bad that I could be doing this simple thing that costs me nothing but a bit of time.

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Re: Voluntary discomfort - please share your experiences!
« Reply #61 on: October 10, 2016, 01:45:07 AM »
Every weekday morning I get into a pool at 5AM and swim laps. The water usually feels cold and I have to tell myself the same story every morning about how I will get warmer in a couple of laps. I always feel fantastic and renewed after I'm done. It never gets easier though.
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« Reply #62 on: October 10, 2016, 05:11:58 AM »
Does anyone who sleeps in a cool room ever try to leave the sheets/covers off themselves all night to acclimate to winter weather faster?  I like to sleep in a cool room, but am always snug under the covers. I started trying to leave my shoulders and back exposed to the cooler air, but I hate it! 
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« Reply #63 on: October 10, 2016, 07:21:19 AM »
Does anyone who sleeps in a cool room ever try to leave the sheets/covers off themselves all night to acclimate to winter weather faster?  I like to sleep in a cool room, but am always snug under the covers. I started trying to leave my shoulders and back exposed to the cooler air, but I hate it!

While I'm comfortable cycling to work through snow and driving wind all winter long, I'm not sure I see the point of making yourself uncomfortable at night for no discernible benefit.

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« Reply #64 on: October 10, 2016, 07:57:18 AM »
Does anyone who sleeps in a cool room ever try to leave the sheets/covers off themselves all night to acclimate to winter weather faster?  I like to sleep in a cool room, but am always snug under the covers. I started trying to leave my shoulders and back exposed to the cooler air, but I hate it!
I can't sleep without something covering me, even in the middle of summer. However, I am trying to go as long as possible before I upgrade from hoodie to jacket/coat--hoping to acclimate a bit before winter hits this year.
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« Reply #65 on: October 10, 2016, 08:27:54 AM »
Does anyone who sleeps in a cool room ever try to leave the sheets/covers off themselves all night to acclimate to winter weather faster?  I like to sleep in a cool room, but am always snug under the covers. I started trying to leave my shoulders and back exposed to the cooler air, but I hate it!

I have to have something covering me. When I'm trying to snap my body into winter weather mode, I will: take a walk outside without a jacket, but *with* hats and gloves, because screw being miserable. I will also make a point to not towel off immediately upon finishing my shower, and let myself get a little cold as I wipe down the walls, etc. And then the biggest thing is keeping the house overall cool- a cool room won't help much if you spend the day in a warm living room =)
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